So maybe I have been doing more political talk with my four year old than I realized. We had quite the conversation on the way to school today.
“Who is the man from the news we went to visit?” she asked.
“Barack Obama” I said.
“Barack Obama” she said. (We went to the headquarters the other day on a family field trip, so Maggie thinks we practically had lunch with Barack.) “What about the hyena? What is his name again?” she asked.
“John McCain.” I said. (Maggie is nothing if not in love with the Lion King. Hyena is synonomous with “bag guy” in her world.)
“Right. He’s a bad man and he lies all the time.” (that’s her, not me, and I never told her that.)
“Actually, yes, I believe he lies a great deal.”
“And tell me why do we want Barack, again?”
“He is a great man who will be a skilled leader of the United States. He believes that all people have value – people with a lot of money and people without a lot of money are all people with value. He will help the US heal from 8 bad years and help America regain some respect around the world.”
“Right. And we don’t want the elephants to win. Right?”
“Right. We want the donkeys to win.” (I have a “Turning TN blue” button featuring a donkey.) “Will you come with me on the day I get to vote for Barack Obama?”
“I will! And I will play with the toys.” (The HQ had a toy section that she enjoyed playing in.) “Mom, I bet the hyena doens’t even have any toys at his place.”